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Draught proof your home

 

Is your house whistling to the tune of Coronation Street?  Do you worry that all that DIY window installation you learnt from YouTube is not quite up to scratch?

Have no fear! Nabuh is here! We will provide you with valuable information that will help you get through the coldest months of the year.

Believe it or not, but even the smallest draft can cause a room to feel so much colder.  By stopping that tiny bit of cold air getting in, you will find it makes an instant difference and will help your home retain the heat for longer.  This means you’ll use less energy heating the room up, but also means you’ll save money in the long run.

Having a Smart Meter will allow you to see exactly what you are spending in pounds and pence in near enough real time.  This means that you’ll be able to see the financial benefits when you stop all those drafts you may be having.  If you haven’t let us know that you would like a Smart Meter, simply fill in our Smart Meter Request form and we will organise one to be fitted for you when we can.

Below are a few cheap and easy draught proofing tips that will allow you to be able to turn down your heating whilst also saving you money on your energy usage!

 

First stop, the front door

Did you know that you can insulate the sides of your doors with some simple strip insulation and draught sealers?

Also a must is a draught excluder!  This is an essential for the foot of any outside doors to block out those cold winter breezes. Don’t want to spend anymore money than you already do? There are plenty of ways to create your own draft excluder at home for barely a cost at all!

Make sure to keep all internal doors closed to retain the heat within each individual room.  Placing draft excluders at the bottom of these doors will help too.

Check to find out if you have the older, wider keyholes.  You can buy purpose-made covers that can stop the breeze coming through these pesky holes!  Another trick (and it’s quite cost effective too!) is to use duct tape as a temporary measure.  Don’t forget to size up your letterbox and insert a brush or a flap.

Insulating windows

Thick or thermal lined curtains will help to keep the draughts out, especially if you only have single glazing. Be sure to open curtains during the day to let in the sunshine and warmth.

Just like you can with doors, you are able to buy self-adhesive strips that fill the gaps between the window and the window frame. We do advise that you make sure you get the right size; if they’re too wide, they’ll stop you from shutting the window, too narrow and they won’t have any effect.

 

Floorboards and fireplaces

Draughts can whistle in through gaps in floors and skirting boards. Try filler to block any significant gaps, however, rugs can also do the trick if you have bare, wooden floors.
Unused chimneys can be a source of unnecessary draughts and you can also lose an extraordinary amount of heat through open fireplaces. For any that are not in use, it’s worth considering installing chimney balloons or woollen chimney insulators, which you can install yourself.

 

Good airflow

Air still needs to flow in and out of your house so it stays fresh, dry and healthy, so when you’re dealing with draughts, make sure you don’t block or seal any intentional ventilation like extractor fans, air bricks, wall vents or trickle vents in modern windows.